Super Bowl hangover: IT managers bracing for surge in remote work on Monday

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Prior to nan pandemic lockdowns hitting nan U.S. successful 2020, nan number of Americans who said they expected to miss activity nan Monday aft nan Super Bowl that twelvemonth deed a grounds precocious of 17.5 million, according to nan Workforce Institute astatine Kronos' yearly "Super Bowl fever" study astatine nan time.

But now that hybrid activity is commonplace, caller information indicates opting to activity from location is nan caller "calling successful sick" – and that has information technology professionals bracing for a surge successful thief table calls this Super Bowl Monday.

A study released past week by IT guidance platform Atera recovered 41% of hybrid workers scheme to activity remotely nan time aft nan Super Bowl. Of those, 27% said they will show their head they are not emotion good and don't want to get others sick, while 25% scheme to show their supervisors they person an assignment that time specified arsenic a doctor's sojourn arsenic their logic for not coming into nan office.

As such, IT workers are expecting a big of issues that day.

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Three quarters of IT managers told Atera they expect Super Monday to beryllium nan busiest time of nan twelvemonth for distant issues, and 81% said they consciousness unit to beryllium online that time to thief their colleagues pinch immoderate tech problems that arise.

Non-IT workers admit they'll astir apt request nan help, too. Of those workers who are distant aliases hybrid, 31% opportunity they are much apt to request IT support erstwhile moving remotely. 

It is apt astatine slightest immoderate hybrid workers will take to activity from location alternatively than pain a sick time aliases picnic day, arsenic galore do not scheme connected emotion their champion nan time aft nan Super Bowl. Even a decent chunk of workers who scheme connected showing up to nan agency foretell their time mightiness beryllium rough. 

REMOTE WORKERS FACE A DOUBLE TAXATION THREAT

The study recovered 31% expect to beryllium groggy, 28% are apt to beryllium hungover, and 26% admit they astir apt won't beryllium productive. More than 32% of respondents said they expect to get little activity done than usual.

Still, astir respondents opportunity they expect nan IT unit to beryllium connected apical of things that day. Sixty-four percent of workers said it is unacceptable for IT professionals to beryllium slow to respond connected nan Monday aft nan Super Bowl.

But IT professionals spot their biggest headache being much distant workers utilizing individual devices alternatively than those issued from work, and astir 30% expect "drinks spilt connected laptops" to beryllium a apical summons rumor during Super Bowl Monday.

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"IT professionals are utilized to changeless demand, but nan information show that nan large crippled is going to create an unprecedented influx of tickets," Atera CEO Gil Pekelman told FOX Business. "Our investigation indicates today’s workforce is ‘calling successful remote’ alternatively of sick - and that is putting immense unit connected IT professionals."

Pekelman added a friends reminder for Super Bowl watchers to put distant their laptops during nan game, "to debar a unspeakable commencement to your distant Monday."